The consensus in the Image Pickin' thread seems to be that Juliet isn't an example...which would make the trope due for a rename as well since the Capulet family association falls flat (and while they're technically the antagonists of the play, both families are morally gray to some extent). Just one more thing wrong with this trope.
I'm with you on this. It should probably be a trope (or maybe merged with High Heel-Face Turn), but the name is bad in every possible way. (The Capulets vs. Montagues was never a good vs. evil fight, and the "counterpart" bit makes me think of "character who has the same role but on the opposite side", not necessarily a love interest.)
It does not matter who I am. What matters is, who will you become? - motto of Omsk Bird
I didn't see it as "High Heel Face Turn except less specific" so much as "Heel Face Turn + Love Redeems except more specific." A trope must be more than the sum of its parts and I'm not really seeing that here.
The only thing I can see here is the general Double Standard that women are too kind/gentle/passive/weak/useless to be "true" villains which gives rise to tropes like High Heel Face Turn and this (I believe there's a blurb on it somewhere in Gender Dynamics), but I'm not sure if that alone makes Capulet Counterpart tropable.
Maybe we expand High Heel Face Turn to cover a general, somewhat subtler tendency for female villains to be less evil at heart and pull Heel Face Turns (often out of love for The Hero), similar to the Never a Self-Made Woman page. Thoughts?
Thanks for the clarification, everyone. I think I can agree now that the trope is more than the sum of its parts (love causes the character to see that she was on the wrong side all along), and Switching Sides For Love sounds like a good rename.
That's just misuse of the trope, probably caused by the godawful trope name.
As stated in , we have Dating Catwoman for clear-cut heroes and villains having romantic relationships/subtext, and we have Love Redeems for clear-cut villains changing their ways after falling in love.
Alternative Titles: Capulet Counterpart
1st Dec '12 1:02:13 PM
Vote up names you like, vote down names you don't. Whether or not the title will actually be changed is determined with a different kind of crowner (the Single Proposition crowner). This one just collects and ranks alternative titles.